What is a Medication Error?
According to the CDC, 82 percent of American adults take at least one medication and more than 25 percent take five or more. The most common types of medication errors can include:
- Prescribing the wrong medication
- Administering the wrong dosage of a medication
- Administering the wrong medication
Medical errors resulting from a physician's or pharmacist's carelessness should be taken seriously. Litigation works to provide victims of medication errors recourse for their suffering while preventing more mistakes from happening in the future.
Do I Have a Medication Error Lawsuit?
Medication errors occur when a physician administers the wrong medication, an incorrect dosage, or administers medication through the wrong route. Almost 2 million Americans suffer from medication errors stemming from medical malpractice every year. The FDA receives more than 100,000 U.S. reports each year associated with a suspected medication error. Even when medication errors are not fatal, they can result in serious catastrophic injuries. The FDA lists the most serious harmful effects that can occur from medication errors as:
- Life threatening situations
- Birth defect
What Makes a Medical Malpractice Lawsuit Meritous?
In order to bring a successful medical malpractice claim or case, the claimant must prove that the health care provider acted negligently and that this negligence caused an injury and damage. Proving a case requires obtaining and reviewing medical records in conjunction with experts and then presenting the claim, with supporting evidence.
Lawyers specializing in medication error lawsuits have the knowledge and expertise to find the mistakes doctors made, gather expert witnesses, and hold negotiations for a settlement in your favor.
What Damages Could I Recover in a Medication Error Lawsuit?
Those who suffer a medication error as a result of medical negligence have the right to recover for both their economic and emotional damages. With a medication error lawsuit, you may be able to recover for:
- Past and future medical costs, including additional medical bills resulting from a worsened condition or prolonged hospital stay
- Costs for additional treatments
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Other damages
Our firm has decades of experience with medication error claims, to better assist you in your case. View our verdicts and settlements for more information on our history of success.